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Shopping with a difference

By Laura Timberlake Melbourne offers some of best shopping spots in Australia. Sometimes the department stores and shopping centres can get a little bit boring, though. There are a variety of stores, events and services in Melbourne that offer an alternative to hitting the department stores. They are kinder ways to shop – both on

Health and Wellbeing

By Kathryn Anderson Going dry this July Dry July is now in its eighth year. Dry July encourages all of us to quit booze for a month. As well as the health benefits that can be gained by going alcohol-free, the main aim of Dry July is to raise money for 47 beneficiaries to support

It’s all about apartments

By Laurence Dragomir This month’s column sees me taking over the reins from my Urban Melbourne compatriot, Alastair Taylor and so I thought it would be apt to pick up from where he left off last month. Debate amongst the industry and government regarding the Better Apartments discussion paper continues, with the Minister for Planning,

The making of a lord mayor

Robert Doyle’s six years as Lord Mayor of Melbourne has benefitted both the city and the man himself. Melbourne has had a highly articulate, hard working and talented champion.  And Cr Doyle has experienced a rehabilitation of sorts and has emerged a better person. This is largely because of the nature of local government.  Although

We’re all grown ups now

As someone who has seen the CBD develop and mature, Peter Barrett certainly appreciates what it has become. Peter well remembers the time (not so long ago) when it was a provincial, stark and (frankly) embarrassing place to spend time after office hours. His New York-based aunt visited in 1971 and said she had never

He’s RAD!

“Street art is good for getting a message across and being listened to.” Motivated by the desire to create, this talented artist is constantly experimenting and evolving. He considers himself to be a painter rather than a street artist. Rad, like many of the artists I’ve interviewed, doesn’t have an art school background. Drawing and

Ha-Ha – Legend, alien theorist and oyster connoisseur

This gentle and quietly-spoken man is a pioneer of the Melbourne street art scene. Originally from New Zealand, he was a practicing oil painter and an exponent of the “Stuckism” movement when he came to Melbourne in the late 90s. He exhibited these works in artist-run spaces. Around 2002, Ha-Ha burst on the street art

Owners’ corporations are a powerful democratic force – if only they knew

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – it is well worthwhile and overdue for an in-depth analysis of owners’ corporations from policy analysts in the government sector on the affordability, sustainability, amenity, privacy and livability of persons living in and communities living together in high-rise towers. We have all seen the cranes

New tower design is more acceptable

Chief amongst planning news in the CBD in May was the unveiling of a new design for 212-222 LaTrobe St.  Originally lodged with planning authorities in 2011, the previous proposal consisted of two towers with a combined number of dwellings numbering 296 with 100 car parks, ground floor retail and 1800 sqm of commercial space.

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